Film: Saved by the Storm

When the storms come, we often ask “Where is God?”

Save by the Storm” is a short documentary about one man’s redemption in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that devastated the Texas Coast in August 2017.

Background:
I serve as the Local Outreach Pastor at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth. When Hurricane Harvey hit the coast, I activated our Disaster Relief Ministry and we deployed within days of landfall. God connected us to a small church in Aransas Pass. Our philosophy of ministry was to serve and support local churches in the disaster zone. We landed at the doorstep of First Christian Church of Aransas Pass. Little did we know God was forging a bond between two church communities hundreds of miles apart.  We got to take part in God’s work in Aransas Pass.

On September 9th 2017, we met Tony. This is his story …

Credits:
Filmed and Directed by Lance Cashion
Creative Director – Lilly Cashion
Music: “You Hold All Things Together” courtesy of Christ Chapel Music

Special Thanks to:
Shawn and Sarah McCormick
Dr. Bill Runyon
Pastor David Dear
Charlotte Dear
Ron and Julie Watson
Tony White
Jason Ramsey
First Christian Church Aransas Pass
Volunteers, donors and prayer warriors from Christ Chapel Bible Church – Fort Worth, TX
Global Missions Ministry for allowing us to include this film in M28 Film Festival

Local Outreach Team – Wes Toland and Kyle Yarborough
IronCenturion

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:13


Read previous post: Two Characteristics of Good Leadership
If you wish to subscribe to this blog, please sign-up here. Every time I post something new, you will receive an email.

Hurricane Harvey (Video): A story from the Texas Coast


CCBC Disaster Relief – Aransas Pass Texas – Part 1

Stories continue to unfold on the Texas Coast as our attention is pulled away from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The media attention is fleeting but our hearts should be steadfast in our commitment to people.

There are communities along the coast that never received any media attention nor did they receive significant relief help from FEMA or the Red Cross.

Communities were left to fend for themselves and make do with what they had. Here is a story of a church in the small community of Aransas Pass, Texas.

I created this short video to tell the story of how God has worked in a forgotten place, using a tiny church to serve a community.  God opened the doors and guided the paths of two churches to serve and love on people.

“God does not care about the size of a church or the abundance of resources, he cares about the size of hearts, how we use what we do have and our obedience.”

The intent of this video is threefold:
1. Share the unfolding story in Aransas Pass
2. Set a ‘heart anchor’ for the people of my church (Christ Chapel Bible Church) with the people of First Christian Aransas Pass.
3. Encourage my church to remain committed and involved with serving well after the media attention fades.

Meet pastor David Dear and his wife, Charlotte.  This is their story.

Special Thanks to the Dears, IronCenturion and all the folks serving together on the ground in Aransas Pass allowing me to share their story. “You Hold All Things Together (feat. Converge Band)” courtesy of Christ Chapel Music.


Read previous post: The Art in the Ordinary Life If you wish to subscribe to this blog, please sign-up here. Every time I post something new, you will receive an email.

Photoshop Culture: Can you really believe what you see?

Photoshop Culture: Can you really believe what you see?


(Note: I do not endorse globaldemoracy(dot)com… But, applaud their posting of this video)

I enjoy going to the grocery store with my wife and young children. I appreciate the opportunity of teaching them the value of a dollar.

I hate waiting in the check-out line. Not because I hate waiting. I hate the images on the magazines surrounding my family in the checkout isle. We live in what I call a ‘Photoshop Culture‘ where almost every image we see is airbrushed, manipulated and/or enhanced. When we’re waiting in the checkout line, my little daughter does not realize she is looking at a complete LIE.  Neither does my young son.

It begs the question; What kind of impact do these images have on the minds of our children?

(more…)

When is the last time you laughed so hard that you cried?

Due to the arctic freeze here in Fort Worth, my family has been forced to stay in doors. It has been awesome. We’ve had some real intense moments of laughter. My wife’s eyes have trouble producing tears. However, the other night we laughed so hard that tears were rolling down her cheeks. I stumbled upon this interview with Dorothy Custer (link above). She is a funny lady and knows how to laugh, particularly at herself. There is a lesson on laughter. (more…)

What is your Weltanschauung? Worldview

You have a Weltanschauung! In fact, everyone from about 15 to 18 years old has one. Don’t worry it’s not a weird disease. Although one could argue that some people have a distorted, incoherent or dangerous Weltanschauung. So, what is it? Why should you care?

Weltanschauung [velt-ahn-shou-oong] is German for ‘Worldview’. It is a comprehensive view or personal philosophy of human life and the universe (dictionary.com).

Essentially, our Worldview is the lens through which we view, interpret and engage reality. Whether we are aware of it or not, our worldview informs us and drives our thinking and actions. Worldview’s can be shared causing unity among people. Conversely, worldviews can clash causing strife. Every thought, action and word is born of an individual’s worldview.

Ravi Zacharias provides an excellent illustration of the function of a worldview. A worldview answers the questions that are at the core of human existence.

  • Where did I come from? (Origin)
  • What is life’s meaning? (Meaning)
  • How do I define right from wrong? (Morality)
  • What happens to me when I die? (Destiny)

Link to Video: What is a Worldview? Ravi Zacharias on Origin, Meaning, Morality, and Destiny

You can agree or disagree with the Christian worldview. However, each of us face the questions above. And the answers that we carry manifest themselves in every aspect of our lives. I think Dr. Zacharias gives an excellent application of the term ‘Worldview’.